My Dear Parishioners,
Can you tell that we have been having more people come back to Holy Mass? What a blessing to our church family. God is most important to us. Please know that I always enjoy celebrating Holy Mass with you, and I am certainly sure that our Lord, Mother Mary and all the angels and saints are so happy for those who love God and become one with God through the Holy Eucharist. Let us never forget that the Holy Eucharist is the summit of our Catholic Faith; therefore, let us thank God for all priests throughout the world who celebrate Holy Masses for us, and to everyone who loves Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
Blessings: Let us thank DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary for another donation of $1,239.50 to our church after a funeral was held here in our church, that was 10% for the funeral service charge. Thank you also to our many parishioners who kept our church and school grounds mowed and cleaned all summer. Since June, a group of parishioners also removed and replaced two old pumps (one was custom made because it was too old) and valves in the boiler house. They saved us over ten thousand dollars on these projects. Recently too, we had many parishioners, sometimes as many as seven helpers, who removed old electrical wires and installed over 800 new LED light bulbs for our school buildings and gym. Next time you are in our gym, you can see that it is twice brighter than ever before. All the bulbs are rated for 50,000 hours. These bulbs will last us over a decade for sure. LED bulbs are amazing and are the best way to save energy and also manpower, since they don’t have to be changed so often. Did you know that none of the bulbs in our church has burnt out since we put them in about two years ago? Let us thank God for those men who served our church and school with the air conditioner and the light bulb projects. They worked evenings and on weekends, including on Labor Day. If you would like to donate toward the purchase of the LED light bulbs and the heating/air conditioner pumps, please let us know. It costs around $8,300 (discounted price from Kansas Lighting) for all the bulbs and about $5,500 for the pumps and the insulation for the steam/cooler pipes. All labor was donated. Thank you also to our parishioner, Mark Rossillon, and his men from F&H Insulation Sales & Services, Inc. who cleaned all the windows in our church this past summer and also recently installed insulation on the pipes in the boiler house. God is good and many people are very generous with their time, talent, and treasures--THANK YOU--Love you all, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings from our Lord be with you all. Now that we are back to school and we are adapting to the new changes due to the coronavirus, I sincerely want to thank everyone for your patience and your open-minded understanding. Patience is a virtue and being open minded is the most important concept for anyone living in America. Living in America, regardless of where a person or his/her ancestors came from, such as their original culture, language, color of skin or religion, we must be open minded in order to see the beauty in others that God sees in all of us. In other words, to see Jesus in them. I personally believe that everyone, the old and the young, the healthy and the sick, the born and the unborn, the native Americans and the immigrants, we all matter, we are all precious and sacred. That is what God sees in us all. Let us love one another as our Lord taught us so that we may be with God forever in heaven.
On Monday, September 7th, we celebrated our Labor Day. It is a reminder to all of us that we are blessed living in America with our streets, homes, food, water, electricity, hospitals; we are blessed to have our farmers and servicemen and women, etc.… Everything we have comes from our labors--the work of one another. We need each other for we all are contributors to our society. Personally, I am thankful to those who built my truck so that I do not have to walk to see my family and I don’t have to walk for days and weeks to my favorite places for fishing and hunting. Let us never take anyone or anything for granted. Let everyone living in America continue making our country beautiful with our hearts, hands, and skills. God bless America and all those who live to serve others, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
How are you doing? Thank God for a beautiful week, the weather has been much cooler, especially at night. Let us allow God to lead us, to guide us and to love us every day, so that He can bless us with the everlasting life of heaven. Please know that I am praying for you all-- your good health, peace of mind, your love for God and for one another. Please join me in thanking God for all members of our church and school families. This week, we are welcoming our children back to school. We are blessed to have your children and your family at our church and school. We are blessed to have so many new students this year, too. In the near future, I will publish their names so that everyone can pray for them every day. Please know that only with your personal care, love, and prayer for them can they grow in faith, hope, love, and intellectually. Let us cherish them and hold them in our hearts.
New Weekend Mass Times will start this weekend, Saturday, September 5th at 12noon and 4pm; Sunday, September 6th at 9am and 10:45am (Vietnamese). As you enter the church, please sit in pews that are designated for your Mass time. Pews A—the signs are in red, for those who attend the first Mass of the day, that’s Saturday 12noon, and Sunday 9am. Pews B—the signs are in yellow, for those who attend the second Mass of the day, that’s Saturday 4pm and Sunday 10:45am (Vietnamese). Please do not remove the signs; they need to be posted until we are back to “the normal, normal.” Please always practice physical distancing--six feet away from others, including in church. We have added extra chairs in the back of the church for those who might need them during Mass. As a church family, let us be mindful of one another. Always keep in mind that everyone—old and young, those with walkers/wheelchairs and babies too, are in church to be with us to offer our prayers and worship to God, and to be a church family—God’s family. Let us always be grateful and happy that others are joining us for prayer and worship. Some of my most joyful moments at Holy Mass are to see and to be with you. Together we pray and worship from our hearts. And, yes, you are the joy of my life. God is good and let us be good to one another, including in church.
Peace & love to you all, Fr. Hien
Father Hien Nguyen